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Why mosquitoes prefer some people over others
ANI ^ | 22nd Jul 2013

Posted on 07/28/2013 2:33:10 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Why mosquitoes prefer some people over others

ANI | 22nd Jul 2013

For years, scientists and researchers have had trouble explaining the reason behind mosquitoes' preference to choose one person while ignoring the others.

According to Jerry Butler, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Florida, mosquitoes get attracted to cholesterol and steroids on the surface of skin, the Washington Times reported.

He said that people with a more efficient metabolism could have a higher cholesterol concentration on the surface of their skin - not their blood - than others, thereby attracting more bites.

Joe Conlon, PhD, technical advisor to the American Mosquito Control Association, said that any type of carbon dioxide is attractive, even over a long distance.

(Excerpt) Read more at deccanchronicle.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: mosquito
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1 posted on 07/28/2013 2:33:10 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This isn’t really cheering at the moment. My husband just left with my blood slide to the local lab. They’re checking to see if I have malaria. Results in about 30 minutes.


2 posted on 07/28/2013 2:36:32 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: Jemian

Malaria? Are you in Peru or something?


3 posted on 07/28/2013 2:38:27 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Jemian

I hope you do not.


4 posted on 07/28/2013 2:39:49 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: Cementjungle

According to her hommepage, they are in Indonesia. At least they were 9 years ago.


5 posted on 07/28/2013 2:49:29 AM PDT by LurkingSince1943 (Former War Criminal)
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To: Jemian

Just sent a prayer.


6 posted on 07/28/2013 2:50:54 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Cementjungle; TigerLikesRooster; skr; LurkingSince1943

I am in Papua, Indonesia.

The results are back. Negative for malaria. Yea! Thank you for praying.

The lab reported “leukocytes high” which means “undiagnosed infection somewhere caused by something we don’t know yet.” That explains why I feel bad.

But I will confess to O+ blood (along with many, many folks on the planet).


7 posted on 07/28/2013 3:10:32 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Someone told me that eating lots of garlic is an effective ward against attracting mosquitos. Along with attracting everything else, of course.


8 posted on 07/28/2013 3:10:41 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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Big doses of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) will ward off biting insects.


9 posted on 07/28/2013 3:16:25 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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I haven’t heard that one, but it’s funny how B6 seems so recommended for various reasons. As a result, I just happen to have plenty on hand.


10 posted on 07/28/2013 3:27:55 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

So when are they going to do a study on those danged biting yellow flies? I can handle the state birds but those flies make me swell up like a balloon.


11 posted on 07/28/2013 3:33:35 AM PDT by mazda77
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Hey, I'm a boozer with O blood and high cholesterol and mosquitoes still hate me.
12 posted on 07/28/2013 3:46:38 AM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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I’ve been eating garlic & onions regularly, for 15+yrs, and have not been bitten by a mosquito or stung by a bee/wasp.

My theory is, “If you smell like Listerine, I don’t wanna know you. But if you smell like garlic & onions, we’re friends.”

Hint: put peeled garlic cloves in EVOO, in Mason jar, nuke numerous times for 1-2 mins each time, let cool, until they turn purple; EVOO absorbs the raw garlic oil taste and is great for cooking, but garlic is sweet and very tasty, almost like eating M&Ms.

I can buy 500 peeled garlic cloves ($20) at local store in very lg jar, but I transfer 50-60 to Mason jars and fill to top w/ EVOO, and keep on bottom shelf of ‘fridge. Nuke as I need ‘em.


13 posted on 07/28/2013 3:59:06 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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For those who do not know what EVOO is: Extra Virgin Olive Oil


14 posted on 07/28/2013 4:19:56 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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Hope you feel better soon. I feel for ya. Going on for nearly two weeks of feeling really icky from kidney infection. Worst I have ever felt in my life. Still on antibiotics and back is still hurting on left side. Being sick ain’t no fun. :(


15 posted on 07/28/2013 4:27:07 AM PDT by beaversmom
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I've noticed that people who eat more sugar, i.e. those who drink sweetened tea that's 3/4 a cup of sugar or more to a gallon of iced tea, attract more mosquitoes in the woods than those who don't.
The "unsweetened" ice tea drinkers spend a lot less time swatting mosquitoes while fishing, hunting or walking in the woods.
16 posted on 07/28/2013 4:28:18 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Bullish

” Hey, I’m a boozer with O blood and high cholesterol and mosquitoes still hate me. “

Hehe , me , too . They always go for my wife who has low bad cholesterol and does not drink .


17 posted on 07/28/2013 4:46:59 AM PDT by sushiman ( .)
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To: mazda77
danged biting yellow flies?

And those HURT!!

18 posted on 07/28/2013 4:57:39 AM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: savedbygrace

Thanks.


19 posted on 07/28/2013 5:01:49 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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I read, years ago, in my son’s pharmacy textbook, that Type O blood was the attractant that mosquitoes loved. I believed it as I am B negative and have never been bothered by bugs of any kind.....despite high cholesterol!


20 posted on 07/28/2013 5:48:47 AM PDT by jch10 (The greatest threat to America is the Democrats.)
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